Single Mom Of Three Start Her Own Business Against Some Tough Odds

Maplewood, NJ February 2010-On Tuesday February 9, 2010 Ms. Boss Academy which is a collaboration between Ms. Boss International and My Sistahz
Keeper held a small ceremony for Zoey Wiggins who was the first person
to graduate from the pilot entrepreneurship program. Zoey attends My
Sistahz Keeper in Jersey
City, New Jersey through the AWEP/CWEP program for women who are on
public assistance. There were 13
other women who also attended the program and who were enrolled in Ms.
Boss Academy, but only Zoey
completed the 8 week business start-up program. The

women who are also on public assistance dropped out of the
entrepreneurship program for a variety of reasons. The program walked
Zoey through the basics of starting a business right up to creating a
presence on the Internet by
setting up a website.

By some standards some may view the entrepreneurship program as a failure because only one person graduated,
but to Audrey Bell-Kearney who is the CEO of Ms. Boss International and
the creator of the Ms. Boss Academy program she views that one graduate
as a success. She states that you have to understand the population that
you are working with. The goal here is to
help these women learn how to become self-sufficient so that public
assistance is no longer needed. By helping one person learn how to start
and run their own business successfully, this will open up
doors of employment for others. Small businesses fuel the economy and
right not that economy needs some fuel with the
national unemployment rate around 10%. Kiwan Fitch who is the Executive
Director of My Sistahz Keeper has gone a step further by turning one of
the office spaces inside the My Sistahz
Keepers headquarters into a small business incubator for the graduates
of Ms.
Boss Academy. Kiwan who is one of the co-founders of My Sistahz Keeper a
non-profit organization understands
that small businesses need to be nurtured so that they can grow. This is
she has opened up another door for these women offering them the space
so that they can stay connected
to positive people who have goals and dreams that they want to see come
true. To keep the graduates connected there will be ongoing mentoring
from Audrey and also from Stephanie Wilson who is the
Program Director at My Sistahz Keeper. Zoey who has only been an
entrepreneur for about two months already understand
from going through the Ms. Boss Academy program how important mentors
are that is why she has stepped up to be a
mentor with GEN (Gurls Empowerment Network) another program offered by
Sistazh Keeper for teenage girls.

The next Ms. Boss Academy is scheduled to start on March 2, 2010. Audrey who created the curriculum and
facilitates the program hopes that more women take advantage of the
program this time, but if they don’t as long as we can graduate at least
one the program is still a success.

To find out more about
the Ms. Boss Academy contact Audrey at 888-229-1238 or email her at For more
information about the programs that
are offered by My Sistazh Keeper call 201-706-2107 or email Kiwan at You can also visit the websites for both
companies at and

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